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Winter Holidays
I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas movies. On one hand, they are nostalgic time capsules made for reminiscing over holiday seasons past. On the other, they sell heavily saturated cinematic themes featuring a ton of forgettable titles that for years focused on white folks. Thankfully, we’ve seen a recent surplus of holiday films featuring...
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My mother-in-law thinks I’m weird, for many reasons. One thing that keeps our holiday interactions so sour, though, is my family’s lack of traditions. While mulling over her extensive made-from-scratch menu, she was appalled when I admitted my family sometimes had our Thanksgiving meals catered from the grocery store. While clearing space for family and...
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Umoja | Unity by Jelisa Harvey Habari Gani! The first principle of Kwanzaa, Umoja, celebrates togetherness. Umoja represents family, friends and community. During Kwanzaa, unity is first demonstrated by the families and community coming together to ignite the black candle that symbolizes togetherness.  Umoja is a union of two or more people to create or...
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If I ever for real, real believed in Santa Claus, I don’t recall, because I don’t remember realizing I’d been lied to. I do remember we were forced to write letters to the guy in elementary school and he never wrote back. Also that some folks who deserved coal, like Ms. Askew, never got it,...
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In a song he hasn’t released yet, Pyinfamous references the super woke. I mean, I know y’all mean well, but we know meaning well is what paves the road to hell, right? Don’t. Well, make sure you know what you’re talking about before you start talking. Don’t be like me and defend Charlie Rose before...
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I was 8- or 9-years-old the first time my family and I celebrated Kwanzaa. I vividly remember reading about the holiday in my elementary school’s library and asking my parents if we could start a tradition of celebrating it. I thought it so was interesting that a Black American had created a holiday that could...
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There are sacred Christmas songs and maybe a couple you’ve never heard before, ones that slap,  Kwanzaa-inspired jams and a party song or two. These chanteuses will get you through the next several days, whether you’re hosting dinner, a cocktail party, or need a soundtrack while you’re chilling by yourself and reading a book. Merry...
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